Perceived Parental Protectiveness Promotes Positive Friend Influence

Brett Laursen, Rita Žukauskiene, Saule Raižiene, Cody Hiatt, Daniel J. Dickson

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    Friend influence over prosocial behaviour and delinquent behaviour was examined as a function of relative parental protectiveness in a community sample of Lithuanian high school students (M=16.5years old). Participants completed self-reports describing commitment to personal values, delinquent behaviours, prosocial behaviours, and perceived parental protectiveness. Mutual friends (158 male dyads, 241 female dyads) were identified from peer nominations. Distinguishable dyad Actor-Partner Interdependence Model analyses illustrate how parenting promotes positive peer influence. The results indicate that friend influence is greatest in the context of protective parenting: Adolescents who perceived more parental protectiveness were positively influenced by the strength of their friend's personal values, whereas adolescents who perceived less parental protectiveness were not.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)452-468
    Number of pages17
    JournalInfant and Child Development
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2015



    • Influence
    • Parent
    • Peer
    • Protectiveness

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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